Earning a Bachelor of Science from Cornell, William Ochester was a member of Cornell’s ROTC and spent several months serving as an officer in basic training camps. Bill moved to the Philadelphia area in 1980, working at Hahneman, Presbyterian, Morristown Memorial and Lankenau hospitals as a Physician’s Assistant. A 1998 recruiting poster for historical reenactors led to Bill’s participation in the Continental Light Dragoons and to his employment as a tour guide. Bill left the medical field for this new-found hobby. Intense individual research, combined with Mr. Ochester’s training with American Historical Theatre’s Artistic Director and Playwright, William Sommerfield, and with AHT’s Producing Director, Pamela Sommerifled, transformed Mr. Ochester’s hobby into a passion and his passion into a calling as an Actor/Historian.
Since joining AHT in 2003, Bill Ochester has performed at venues that include the National Constitution Center, Cliveden, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Independence After Hours tours and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annual Quizzo Competition. Mr. Ochester is on the Board of the American Revolution Roundtable. Bill’s respect for and passion about history are contagious.
Characters portrayed by William Ochester:
Benjamin Franklin, Baron von Steuben